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"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."— Maya Angelou

The Careers I Will Pursue

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In his book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell says that for us to succeed in something, we need to have practised it for 10,000 hours. As to how Gladwell came up with that figure is something I am yet to understand. Perhaps he was trying to imitate Jesus.

You see, when apostle Peter asked Jesus how many times we should forgive our brothers, Jesus said it should be 70x7 times which equals 490 times. Jesus must have come up with that big figure, for He knew if we start counting the sins our brothers commit against us, we will get bored of counting by the time we reach like the 35th sin and just decide to forgive as many times as possible. Or maybe He was smart enough to know that by the time we forgive our brothers for like the 52nd time, they will have already turned into good men.

Coming back to Malcom Gladwell's 10,000-hour rule of success, I tend to believe in that figure even though I am yet to understand how Gladwell came up with it. Ask anyone who has genuinely succeeded in any career and they will confide in you that they spent a considerable amount of time honing their skills. You can't start playing soccer at the age of 21 and expect to play in a FIFA World Cup. That's next to impossibility as Chinua Achebe would put it. All renowned soccer players start playing the game in their childhood years.

Actually, in addition to the two reasons I pointed out in my previous story on this blog on why I gave up on my ambition of venturing into politics, Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 hour-rule is another reason that led me to arrive at the decision because I have never had any experience in politics ever since I was a boy. Not even when I was in school.

After reflecting on my life so far, I have figured out the areas I have spent considerable amount of time working on. They are farming, music, public speaking and writing.

I grew up in a home where I was expected to take part in such chores as weeding, planting and harvesting beans, maize and vegetables as well as grazing, feeding and milking cows. Now that I have fallen in love with nature, I am looking forward to doing some farming when I own a piece of land, God willing.

Then at the age of nine, I began learning to play the piano under the tutelage of a brilliant and dedicated seminarian named Br. Peter Assenga. I continued honing my skills on the piano at Starehe Boys' Centre where I had my high school and college education. It is at Starehe where I developed the confidence of playing the instrument before an audience.

As a boy, I also took an interest in public speaking. When I was ten, I loved to mentally rehearse narrating a story I had heard on TV. I eventually narrated the story at school on one afternoon to, well, not a real audience but columns of unoccupied desks in a classroom. But I still enjoyed the experience.

At Starehe, I had the opportunities of delivering speeches to a real audience. I gave speeches right from when I was in Form 1 to when I was in my final year in college at the school. Since leaving Starehe, I haven't had many opportunities to hone my public speaking skills but I am looking forward to becoming a sought-after speaker.

Besides farming, piano-playing and public speaking, the other area I was exposed to at a tender age was writing. I used to pen compositions for my father to review when I was eight. But it's not until recent years that I have treated my writing talent seriously. This lovely blog of mine is a testament to that effort. Boy, haven't I come to enjoy writing!

Bill Clinton mentioned in his memoir that choosing a career is like choosing a wife from ten girlfriends; even if you choose the most beautiful and the most intelligent, there is always the pain of losing the other nine. For me, writing has been all those other nine girlfriends rolled into one.

Yes, those are the areas I have spent considerable amount of time working on. I am therefore firmly convinced that God intended me for the tranquil pursuit of a career in farming, music, public speaking and writing by availing me opportunities to develop those talents and by making them my supreme delight.


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Why I Gave Up Politics

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As the 2007 Kenya's general elections were nearing and getting riveting, I was having a conversation with a friend of mine at the university JKUAT when I remarked, "These politics of Kenya are very tribal." The friend agreed, then sagely added, "And very local."

It must have been around then that I set my sights on becoming president of our nation someday. And I nurtured that dream in the years that followed with a goal of becoming a different kind of politician: a charismatic and eloquent leader with a nationwide appeal.

In an effort to bring that dream to fruition, I read biographies of my role models in politics (most of them Americans) and listened to their speeches on YouTube. I particularly came to love the first inaugural addresses of Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. Those two speeches were in a word, inspiring.

Sometime last year, it dawned on me that the observations my friend and I made in 2007 about Kenya's politics - that they are tribal and local - were right and spot on. Unlike America, Kenya is not a mature democracy going by its current politics characterized by tribal-based voting and rigging of elections.

Bill Clinton points that out in his memoir by saying that many democracies in the world don't have the kind of effective institutions and legions of dedicated public servants that Americans take for granted. Kenya is one of those democracies that are yet to mature.

The immaturity of our nation's politics as well as the high levels of disorder and corruption that are often too much in evidence in our governmental affairs, and bearing in mind that I am a good-natured young man, are what led me to eventually give up my ambition of becoming president of Kenya someday. Expecting me to thrive as a politician in Kenya is both cruel and unrealistic.

I sincerely don't know why I stuck for over ten years to that dream of getting into politics. Maybe it's because I have always been inspired by the school song of Starehe Boys' Centre, my Alma Mater, where we pledged to serve diligently when our time in government reached.

Or maybe it's because politicians here in Kenya seem to attract all the attention. You see, newspapers' front-page headlines are almost always about politics. And when you eavesdrop on people talking idly in pubs and cafes, their talks are usually about politics, if not football.

Come to think of it, we don't have to enter politics to impact lives. History is replete with heroes who made pivotal contributions in other fields of endeavour besides politics, such as William Shakespeare in literature, Albert Einstein in physics, Alexander Fleming in medicine, George F. Handel in music, Charles Lindberg in aviation, Henry Ford in entrepreneurship and Isaac Newton in mathematics.

I could go on and on to list more examples but I beg to stop there in the interest of time. But I guess you get my point that I don't have to get into politics to impact lives and leave a legacy. I am therefore at peace with my decision to give up on my ambition of getting into politics.

That however doesn't mean I have become disinterested in the affairs of my Motherland. I am always wishing for peace and stability to prevail in Kenya so that I don't get displaced from my beloved hometown of Kiserian as a result of tribal violence or civil war. And I have vowed that should I ever note an upcoming Kenyan politician in the mould of Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan, I will endorse his election.

You may be asking, "Thuita, now that you have given up getting into politics, which career are you planning to pursue?" Well, I will tell you about that in my next story, God willing. So stay tuned to this lovely blog of mine.


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Bible Quote

"Always be full of joy in the Lord; I say it again, rejoice! Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate in all you do... Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand."

~Phillipians 4:4-7 (TLB)

About the Author

Name: Thuita J. Maina
Nationality: Kenyan
Lives in: Kiserian, Rift Valley, Kenya
Mission: To inspire the world to godly living, one person at a time.

Just For Laughs

There was this drunkard named Azoge who loved drinking at Josiah's Bar. On being told a certain Hon. Nanga was flying to America to be conferred a law degree so that he could be admitted to the bar, Azoge replied, "Why fly all the way to America to be admitted to the bar while you can get into Josiah's Bar any time?"

The 7 Deadly Sins

  1. Pride
  2. Envy
  3. Gluttony
  4. Lust
  5. Anger
  6. Greed
  7. Sloth

Author's Note

I am learning to treat life as a journey, not a destination. So I am trying to enjoy each day as I anticipate to fulfill my dreams especially meeting my soulmate and traveling abroad. Tomorrow may never be mine.

Fun Facts

  1. The fear of having no cell-phone service, running out of battery, or losing sight of your phone is called Nomophobia, reportedly affecting 66% of people.
  2. A single Google search needs more computing power than it took to send Apollo 11 to the moon. The Apollo computer was less equipped than a modern toaster.
  3. Besides being some of the biggest names in the tech industry, HP, Apple, Google and Microsoft share another commonality. They all started in garages.
~Extracted from Codingforums.com

Health Tip

So many of us take for granted the wonderful construction of the human body and the workings of its various parts. Some of us even expect it to function efficiently with less than the minimum care and attention. Learn the much you can about your body and how the care of it can help to give you that greatest blessing of all - good health.

Wonders of the Modern World

  1. The Simplon Tunnel
  2. The Sky-scrapers of New York
  3. The Boulder Dam of Colorado
  4. The Panama Canal
  5. The Golden Gate Bridge
  6. The Taj Mahal at Agra in India
  7. The North Sea Oil Drilling Rigs

Great Example for Politicians

"My life in politics was a joy. I loved campaigns and I loved governing. I always tried to keep things moving in the right direction, to give more people a chance to live their dreams, to lift people's spirits, and to bring them together. That's the way I kept score."

~Bill Clinton

Scientific Marvels

  1. Space travel
  2. Heart surgery
  3. Fibre-optics communication
  4. Concorde
  5. Computers & Radios
  6. Anesthetics
  7. The atom bomb

My Supreme Desire

Although I'd like to be rich and famous, my supreme desire is to be radiant: to radiate health, cheerfulness, calm courage and goodwill. I wish to live without hate, guilt, worry, jealousy, cynicism and envy. I wish to be honest, natural, confident, clean in mind and body - ready to say "I do not know" if it be so and to treat all men with kindness - to meet any loss, failure, criticism and rejection unabashed and unafraid.

Greatest American Presidents

  1. Abraham Lincoln
  2. George Washington
  3. Thomas Jefferson
  4. Franklin Roosevelt
  5. Theodore Roosevelt
  6. Woodrow Wilson
  7. Andrew Jackson

Making Peace With the Past

"Dwell not on your past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now in this instant of time. From this moment onwards you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed."

~Eileen Caddy

Toughest Colleges to Get Into

  1. MIT
  2. Princeton
  3. Harvard
  4. Yale
  5. Stanford
  6. Brown
  7. Columbia

Why You Should Trust God

"Men and women who turn their lives over to God will find out that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities and pour out peace."

~Ezra Taft Benson

The 7 Greatest Scientists

  1. Albert Einstein
  2. Isaac Newton
  3. Galileo Galilei
  4. Nikola Tesla
  5. Aristotle
  6. Archimedes
  7. Charles Darwin

You Matter

"Always be yourself. Never try to hide who you are. The only shame is to have shame. Always stand up for what you believe in. Always question what other people tell you. Never regret the past; it's a waste of time. There's a reason for everything. Every mistake, every moment of weakness, every terrible thing that has happened to you, grow from it. The only way you can ever get the respect of others is when you show them that you respect yourself and most importantly, do your thing and never apologize for being you."


The Most Industrialized Nations

  1. The United States
  2. Japan
  3. Germany
  4. France
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Italy
  7. Canada

Keys to Success

"...in his effort to withstand temptation, to economize, to exercise thrift, to disregard the superficial for the real - the shadow for the substance; to be great yet small, in his effort to be patient in the laying of a firm foundation; to so grow in skill and knowledge that he shall place his services in demand by reason of his intrinsic and superior worth. This is the key that unlocks every door of opportunity, and all others fail."

~Booker T. Washington

The 7 Social Sins

  1. Politics without principle
  2. Wealth without work
  3. Pleasure without conscience
  4. Knowledge without character
  5. Commerce without morality
  6. Worship without sacrifice
  7. Science without humanity

Cherish What You Love

"Cherish your visions, cherish your ideals, cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts - for out of them will grow all heavenly environment, of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built."~James Allen

The World's Largest Cities

  1. London in England
  2. New York in the United States
  3. Tokyo in Japan
  4. Berlin in Germany
  5. Chicago in the United States
  6. Shanghai in China
  7. Paris in France

Benefits of Optimism

"In terms of success, optimistic people out perform their pessimistic colleagues. Research shows that they are consistently promoted higher and make more money while working fewer hours than those who think pessimistically. Optimists also contribute more significantly to social progress. It is the optimists who start and run successful companies, who win elections and carry out reforms, and who make breakthroughs in the realms of science and technology."

~Pepe Minambo

The World's Greatest Lakes

  1. Caspian Sea in the Commonwealth of Independent States, C.I.S. (formerly U.S.S.R)
  2. Lake Superior in North America
  3. Victoria Nyanza in Central Africa
  4. Aral Sea in C.I.S.
  5. Lake Huron in North America
  6. Lake Michigan in North America

Demonstrating His Love

"Take your communication for instance - the way you address others. It ought to be with loving, gracious and edifying words. Never talk people down. Never use words that hurt and demean people. Communicate excellently with others without destroying their self-image or making them feel sorry for themselves. Talk to people in a way that they never forget the excellence of your words, the love and grace of Christ that you communicated. It's how God wants us to love."

~Dr. Chris Oyakhilome

World's Longest Rivers

  1. Missouri-Mississipi (U.S.)
  2. Amazon (Brazil)
  3. Nile (Egypt)
  4. Yangtse (China)
  5. Lena (Russia)
  6. Zaire (Central Africa)
  7. Niger (West Africa)